TESCO has joined Morrisons and Sainsbury's in banning shoppers who refuse to wear face masks in their stores.It comes amid fears supermarkets could be
TESCO has joined Morrisons and Sainsbury’s in banning shoppers who refuse to wear face masks in their stores.
It comes amid fears supermarkets could become hotspots for spreading coronavirus.
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From this week, Sainsbury’s has ordered security guards to enforce mask laws as well as make sure people are not shopping in groups.
Morrisons and Tesco will also stop customers from going inside without a face covering unless they are medically exempt.
As part of the rules, customers who arrive at Morrisons stores without a face mask will be offered one free of charge by staff.
If they then refuse to wear one, they won’t be allowed to enter stores.
Who is exempt from wearing a face mask?
THE following groups of people don’t need to wear a face mask when in a public place:
- Children under the age of 11
- People who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or disability
- Where putting on, wearing or removing a face covering will cause you severe distress
- If you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate
- To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
- Police officers and other emergency workers, given that this may interfere with their ability to serve the public.
Children under the age of 11 don’t have to wear a face mask.
As part of government guidelines, you can be fined £200 for not wearing a face mask in a public setting – again, unless you are exempt.
Fines double each time someone is found in breach of the rules, up until a maximum of £6,400.
Tesco and Sainsbury’s are also urging customers to shop alone – groups and couples from the same household won’t be allowed in branches together.
The stricter rules came into force at Morrisons yesterday, and today at Sainsbury’s and Tesco.
Asda told The Sun it already introduced a similar policy in July and staff will continue to refuse entry to customers who do not cover their nose and mouth while shopping.
Morrisons Chief Executive, David Potts said: “Those who are offered a face covering and decline to wear one won’t be allowed to shop at Morrisons unless they are medically exempt.
“Our store colleagues are working hard to feed you and your family, please be kind.”
Where do I have to wear a mask?
IF you’re not exempt, you must wear a face covering in the following settings in England:
- Public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses)
- Taxis and private hire vehicles
- Transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
- Shops and supermarkets (places which offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
- Shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
- Auction houses
- Hospitality settings (bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes), except when seated at a table to eat or drink
- Post offices, banks, building societies, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
- Estate and lettings agents
- Personal care and beauty settings (hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage centres, tattoo and piercing parlours)
- Visitor attractions and entertainment venues (museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farms, bingo halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, indoor sports stadiums, funfairs, theme parks, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas including soft-play areas)
- Libraries and public reading rooms
- Places of worship
- Funeral service providers (funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels)
- Community centres, youth centres and social clubs
- Exhibition halls and conference centres
- Public areas in hotels and hostels
- Storage and distribution facilities
A Tesco spokesperson added: “Our colleagues are working hard in difficult circumstances to make sure everyone can get what they need, and we’d ask everyone to please be kind, patient and respectful as we all work to keep each other safe.”
Sainsbury’s boss Simon Roberts said: “The vast majority of customers are shopping safely, but I have also seen some customers trying to shop without a mask and shopping in larger family groups.
“Please help us to keep all our colleagues and customers safe by always wearing a mask and by shopping alone. Everyone’s care and consideration matters now more than ever.”
Aldi, Lidl, Marks and Spencer and Waitrose are yet to say whether they will be tightening the rules for shoppers.
Supermarkets have also introduced other similar Covid-secure rules – you can read our full supermarket lockdown guide here.
Yesterday, ministers told local councils to place limits on the number of people allowed into shops at any one time to stop the virus spreading.
Meanwhile, supermarkets will see fresh checks on safety policies and possible fines for those flouting rules.
Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi begged Brits to stay at home in an interview with LBC on Monday.
He said: “Please, please, please stay at home. I am concerned about supermarkets.
“We want to make sure people follow the one-way system and wear masks and face coverings.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock praised the steps taken by Morrisons at a Downing Street Press briefing on Monday.
He said: “I applaud the step Morrisons has taken today. I want to see all parts of society playing a part in this.”
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